Kimi asks DPWH to repair Bued River dike

August 15, 2009 at 1:21 am Leave a comment

Sison Mayor Kimi Cojuangco called on the Department of Public Works and Highways to permanently repair a portion of a dike along Bued River which has been eroded by strong water current.

Cojuangco said the dike was reinforced three weeks ago by DPWH but heavy rains brought by tropical storm Kiko swelled the river and scouring the dike.

Boulders from the mountains ram into the earth dike, collapsing more than 50 meter long portion, she said through her mobile phone.

“If the rain stops tomorrow, we’re okay, but if not, we’re in trouble as longer portion could collapse and will flood not only our town but many towns in the fourth district,” she said in an interview on August 7.

Cojuango said big boulders are like “bowling bowls and you could just imagine what will happen if the dike is eroded and the boulders are carried by water into the town.”

The one-kilometer earth dike was constructed five years ago through the support of then Speaker Jose de Venecia to protect the fourth district of Pangasinan (which he represents), from floods.

Three weeks ago, Cojuangco “stood” at the dike for two days to call attention of th DPWH to the eroded portion.

Immediately, the DPWH and the Office of the Civil Defence responded and reinforced the dike.

“What we want is a permanent repair, not temporary reinforcement,” she said.

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